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Man shot to death at Suitland strip mall

Thursday, February 18, 2010

MARYLAND

Man shot to death at Suitland strip mall

A man was fatally shot at a Suitland strip mall Wednesday, and police are exploring the possibility that it might have been part of a botched robbery, authorities said.

Just before noon, a Prince George's sheriff's deputy who is the school resource officer for Suitland High School was at the Subway restaurant in the 4600 block of Suitland Road when he saw a group of men running from the area, said Sgt. Yakeisha Hines, a sheriff's office spokeswoman.

The deputy drove around the lot and came across a man lying face down in front of a Chinese restaurant, bleeding profusely from his face, Hines said. The man was transported to a nearby hospital, where he was later pronounced dead, authorities said.

-- Matt Zapotosky

2 Metro officers injured in fracas

Two Metro Transit Police officers were injured Wednesday when they were punched by an 18-year-old at the Addison Road-Seat Pleasant station, a Metro spokeswoman said.

About 4:30 p.m., Metro police were called to the Capitol Heights station to quell a disturbance involving a group of disorderly juveniles, said Cathy Asato, an agency spokeswoman. One person in the group began punching the two officers, she said. The man ran but was apprehended after a short chase, she said.

Both officers were transported to a hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, Asato said. The suspect, she said, also had minor injuries.

The confrontation began at the entrance to the Metro station and spilled outside, Asato said.


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